Over the last few years we have welcomed new families and members to our congregation at Boardmills, and it is lovely to see the pews well filled each week. When you join somewhere new, there is a tendency to get to know those who you maybe sit near, or who you see at other organisations and events through the week, but sometimes a family sitting the other side of the church are only people you may smile at but haven’t had a chance to get to know yet. So hopefully this short blog series over the next few weeks will help introduce some folk to you who you haven’t yet met properly, but will all be friendly faces for you to approach from now on!

Many thanks to all the couples who “volunteered” to be involved,  and we’re starting off with June and Jackie –

How long have you lived in this area?

I (Jackie) have lived in this area and been a member of the church all of my 86 years.  My family and the generations before were life-long members of First Boardmills Congregation and I was (so I am told) the first baby that the Rev. Walter Kerr baptised.  I don’t remember anything about it and I only learned about it when I was asked to make a presentation to him on his retirement.  My grandfather was Treasurer of the church for many years.  We are regular in attendance at church. As a Christian it is vital that we meet together with fellow Christians for prayer and worship.

I (June) was born in Belfast and was a life-long member of Megain Memorial Congregation.  My father was an elder and my mother a member of the church choir for many years.  A point of interest – Mrs Kerr’s father was the first minister of Megain Memorial Church (before my time!!)     We were married in 1971, I came to live on the family farm.  We had three children.  I quickly found myself becoming more involved in church life, and in 1984 I was asked to take on the role of Treasurer (following in ‘grandfather’s’ footsteps!!!).  It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve the Lord in this way since that time.

Do you have a favourite Hymn?     What is it and why?

Our favourite hymn was one we chose to sing at our wedding and demonstrates the joy of having Jesus in our lives and singing His praises.

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation

O my soul praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation

All Ye who hear,

Now to his temple draw near

Joining in glad adoration

Do you have a favourite Bible passage?  What is it and why?

John Chapter 20      ‘The Empty Tomb’    ‘Jesus is Risen’          As we approach Easter the passage becomes more significant.  Jesus reappearance is met with disbelief but later that turns to both belief and joyous celebration.    In verse 29 Jesus says ‘because you have seen me, you have believed.  Blessed are those who have not seen me, yet have believed’.    In believing we have Eternal Life through Him.

Has your faith in God helped you at different times in your life?

As we get older, we have had to part with many relatives and close friends.  We have managed to get through those sad and sometimes traumatic times with God’s help and with the prayers of our fellow Christians.  It is during periods like this that, in having a faith, you feel God’s presence and blessings ever near.

Thanks for sharing  June and Jackie, and now everyone can feel they know a bit more about you and will hopefully stop and chat next time you meet!